2007 Honda Element
There are 6 user reviews for the EX 4WD 5-Spd AT trim shown below
- Roomy, well thought out, very advanced features for the price.
- The ONLY change I would make is allowing the front seats to slide back further.
I researched alot of cars under 32k, and was looking for a vehicle to due alot of road trips in, to either ski, rock climb, or camp. I wanted a vehicle that got descent mpg, but was large enough to spend the night in. I also needed to transport dogs everyday. This little "BOX" is not fast or sexy, but I love it. It is well thought out, as far as room and storage, and for the lower price, is a very advanced little car. I drive on alot of ice, and the combination of the awd and the stability control gives good performance. I purchased the curtain, tent, table legs kit, but have not used it yet. I also purchased a large cot pad from cabelas to throw in the back for sleeping. I like to think of it as a poor mans camper. Overall, it drives well, the stereo rocks, and it is very fun to drive. This is the equivelant of a modern day VW Bus!!!...read morehide
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- 19 mpg
- windshield noise at 75mph
I've now driven my element = 28,000 miles over 18 months (2006). The mileage was less than expected. At first I wanted to get rid of it after a few months but now I've gotten to like the features. i.e.: the entry point is a good feature as I don't have to duck when getting in. The rear is somewhat tricky but I knew about the suicide doors prior to purchase so I have no complaints. The ride is very good especially since I bought mine with extra wide tires which gives it a more cushy ride compared to the original tires.
It seats 4 adults quite comfy. It is not a Lexus and not as gutsy as my wife's 400h but I have accustomed myself to the less torque and now enjoy my ownership to where I will keep it for as long as it runs good. The car has never been in a shop for repairs as it is very realiable as other Honda cars have been. Easy to keep clean. I bought an aftermarket navigation unit and that works great making it feel luxurious. I have friends that own Mercedes and I have great difficulty in getting in the passenger side by hitting my head on the way in but no problem with my element. Plenty of head and leg room for all 4 adults.
I use it for carrying audio/visual equipment with the back seats out of the way - a great feature for hauling lumber as well. I added a small carpeting in the rear so items don't slide around on the plactic tarp.
All in all, I'm now a happy camper and would recommend this SUV to anyone....read morehide
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- LOTS of interior space/configuration
- Blind spots and Lack of power.
I've just finished reading these reviews and I must ask:
1. do you guys actually own an Element?
2. did you actually test drove it before you bought it?
3. to the guy that just rambled on about China: where did you find your info about Honda being built in China??? (I know your tryin' to talk about built quality... still, you're an idiot my friend.) at least I didn't pay 70G's for a Mercedes built in Mexico...
I've owned my Element for the past 10 months and I must admit there are days I just HATE this thing and then there are days that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this box. it's a "decent" suv for the price and for 22G's it does what is meant to do.(transport you from point A to point B in the SIMPLEST form.) I transport 2 mt bikes INSIDE my Element on a weekly basis. I NEVER have to worry about the interior getting dirty; after I get home from my ride(s), I just wipe down my PLASTIC interior. (I do the same thing with my snowboard(s) in the winter. I throw it inside and I don't have to worry about my carpets getting wet and smelling like mildew and stinky feet.)
if you thought you were getting a Lexus or Cadi, you SHOULD OF DONE YOUR HOMEWORK. if you thought you were getting 472 pure horses underneath the hood, YOU SHOULD OF DONE YOUR HOMEWORK.
p.s.: this is not my first car, I've own several trucks, suvs, sedans, hatchbacks in my 38 years on this earth.(ranging from GMs JEEPS, Hondas and Toyotas.)...read morehide
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- Lots of leg room for front and back passengers, good power, killer sound system
- Road noise was so great my ears would ring after 2 hr trip (radio off), marginal gas economy..19-20
I liked the many flexible features of this little giant. The exterior look reminded me of Odd-Job from the James Bond movies because of the flaired roof profile at top kind of matched his head! Seats were sort of like sitting in lawn chairs, although they had lots of room and the rear could be flipped out of way for larger loads. The biggest disappointment was the fuel economy and road noise. It handled well, had good power, somewhat impaired side visibilty causing larger than normal blind spot. Motor and body otherwise was typical good Honda quality. My sense was that car would last a lot longer than I could take it given the wind racket only matched by a motorcycle trip down the freeway.
I had sold my crew cab Silverado pick up in hope of a better fuel savings with the Honda but returned to a new one for the comfort and the fact that it was only going to cost me a few miles per gallon more. Not worth the short commings in the Honda to give up what the Chevy had. (I am getting 19 mpg in my new Chevy)....read morehide
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- Fuel economy, space, dogability, cleanability
- Engine groff, windshield cracks easy, seats 4 - not 5.
Can't rely on the EPS ratings, because they don't measure it properly to prevent some cars from looking bad or something.
But the elements consistently does 100km on about 9 liters of gas.
Engine groff is the noise the engine makes under just about any kind of acceleration.
The windshield cracks *very* easily, and Honda will not help you. Just leave the crack, and fix it when the cracks get too bad, I'd say. It's very likely you will get a nice long crack due to a stone chip in the first 25,000 km. Thin glass.
Only seats 4.
Stereo, although many people boast about its power, is seriously lacking mid range sound. This means it has lots of bass and high treble, but all the mid tones are way down. This distorts music very badly. So stereo is not nearly as perfect as all the reports indicate....read morehide
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- Great ride. Good pickup. Roomy front and back seats.
- big problem for some people: front seat belts come through seat backs, cut neck of some
They moved the seat belts from the door side panel, and put them through the fron seat back, an arrangement not seen for a few years. They cannot be raised or lowered.
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